Children in Afghanistan continue to bear the brunt of decades of protracted conflict. In 2019, an estimated 6.3 million people, including 3.8 million children, need some form of humanitarian assistance and protection, double the number of the previous year.
In the interim of the Global Nutrition Cluster side event on Afghanistan is underway in Brussels, there is a shrill call for sustained efforts to tackle undernutrition.
According to an analysis of nutrition studies conducted across Afghanistan shows that 22 out of 34 provinces are currently above the emergency level threshold of acute malnutrition.
In 2019, the overall estimated number of acutely malnourished under five year old children is 2 million, an increase by 28 per cent in comparison with 2018, according to statistics.
Meanwhile, despite all challenges, Afghanistan has taken significant strides to advance child health and child nutrition. During the last 14 years, under five mortality rate decreased from 69 deaths per 1,000 live births to 50 deaths per 1,000 live births.